Panther Den Trail

Harrisburg, Illinois 62946

Panther Den Trail

Panther Den Trail Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"In 1990 the US Congress designated southern Illinois’s Panther Den as a wilderness area. Of the Panther Den Wilderness Area’s 1,195 acres, the Shawnee National Forest manages 1,081 acres and the Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge manages the remaining acreage. The 160-mile River-to-River Trail runs through the Panther Den Wilderness Area and is the trail that receives the most recognition. However, the several trails that support and branch off of the River-to-River Trail offer some amazing opportunities.

Hikers choosing the Panther Den Trail are in for a treat, as they will soon come into an area once believed to have been a large waterway that over time has created a hikers’ playground. The Panther Den Trail is a quick, 2.8-mile, out-and-back hike that leaves plenty of time to explore a remarkable maze of 70-foot-high cliffs in which huge blocks have split off from one another to create a network of crevices, passageways, and cave-like “rooms.”"

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"A short stroll in the Shawnee National F orest, the Panther Den Trail provides easy access to one of the most interesting rock formations in the area. A short hike allows for hours of exploration." Read more

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Trail Type
Skill Level
2 hours
Fall through spring
Horseback Riding
Additional Use
Shawnee National Forest, 50 Highway 145 South, Harrisburg, IL 62946; (618) 253-7114;
Local Contacts
USGS Lick Creek
Local Maps

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Dec 2018